CLAS201 Classics Seminar

Spring, 2010
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

This seminar offers a survey of current topics and disciplinary models in the field of Classics for Classics majors and minors and serious students of the Classics.

THEME: Plato's Republic

The seminar will meet about 50 minutes per week and will be run in the format of a graduate school seminar based upon discussion and interpretation of the assigned readings.

We will read and discuss one book of the Republic every week. Each member of the seminar will then write a summary / response related to the week's topic(s).

Attendance at various classics lectures and events during the semester is also required. Some of these required Classics events include the lectures sponsored by the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Fox Classics Lecture.

Failure to complete any of these assignments may significantly affect your grade in the course.

 50% Class Attendance and Participation
 50% Weekly Written Summaries

About the instructor  / Class Photo

Web-based resources: Nifty Websites / Bibliography of Internet Resources on Ancient Societies


Any unabridged translation of Plato's Republic.

A word on academic honesty: You are encouraged to work with other members of the class. However, please do not try to recite another's translation. This is a form of plagiarism (copying someone else's work without giving credit) which is both dishonest and ineffective for your goal of learning Latin. Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly-identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.

Caveat: This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.

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